DPP officials are working hard to mollify anti-nuclear activists ahead of a demonstration against nuclear power to be held tomorrow in central Taipei.
Yesterday Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (
Meanwhile, DPP headquarters is considering how to deal with the growing voices of opposition to the party's involvement in the 224 Anti-nuclear Demonstration
Since Chang agreed with the Legislative Yuan's demand that it resume construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant (核四), activists have condemned President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and the DPP for their inconsistency on the issue.
During Chang's visit to the exhibition, he tried to explain the government's decision to resume construction of the plant.
"We still have to make more effort to build a nuclear-free country," Chang said.
"The reality of the political situation might have prevented us from approaching the short-term goal," Chang said, "but we will still stick to our goal of ultimately building a nuclear-free country."
At the protest tomorrow activists plan to encourage DPP supporters to exchange A-bian
The exchange is aimed at encouraging anti-nuclear DPP supporters to abandon their hero-worship of the president.
Afraid that the demonstration may turn into a mass movement against Chen, DPP chapters have mobilized party members nationwide to join the demonstration, under the guise of supporting the referendum law.
Party members may also help to counterbalance those demonstrators who wish to protest the performance of the government.
According to activists, the DPP has been involved with preparations for the demonstration, taking part in strategy meetings held by the event's organizers.
The DPP's involvement, however, has irritated anti-nuclear students.
A group of about 50 students from several different universities is scheduled to burn the DPP party flag in front of the party's national headquarters today to express their disappointment.
"We don't think that the DPP, a party that has betrayed its own party platform against nuclear energy, is qualified to join the 224 Anti-nuclear Demonstration," Chu Wei-li (
Lee said that most students had once looked forward to the prospect of the DPP governing the country, but they had been disappointed by the party's failure to halt the fourth nuclear plant.
Lee Wen-ying (
"They should be targeting the opposition parties rather than the DPP. We are still sticking to our anti-nuclear platform and we are calling for a referendum on the nuclear issue," Lee said.